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Crosses placed in tribute to fallen

Thousands of wooden crosses with the name of fallen servicemen and women will be planted as a moving Field of Remembrance.

Volunteers from the Armed Forces and families began the process of transforming Saltwell Park in Gateshead into a tribute to bravery and sacrifice.

Among the volunteers was Mike Wilson whose identical twin brother, LCpl David Wilson, died while serving with 9 Regiment Army Air Corp in Iraq during 2008.

He said: "The Field of Remembrance at Saltwell Park provides important focal point in the North East for everybody to remember our service personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice, our fallen.

"This year's remembrance is made even more poignant as the conflict in Afghanistan draws to and end which left 453 families needing the support of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

"The help and support that the RBL provides to serving personnel and the families of our fallen does not just end when the wreathes are lain on Remembrance Sunday, they are there 365 days a year giving help and support wherever it is needed,"

A dedication ceremony will be held today with a minute's silence observed at 11am and will remain open until November 14.

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